The first few months with a newborn are a bit of a shock! You leave your house to go into the hospital (sometimes a bit unexpectedly), and you come home with a whole new PERSON. A person with LOTS of things. A person with LOTS of needs. A person who literally relies on you for EVERY-LAST-THING. It can be very overwhelming at times to say the least, but survival mode kicks in, and somehow – with A LOT of help – you get through those first few weeks and months.
We found a few things to be QUITE helpful in getting through those early days. Some items we had the foresight to get ahead of time, and some were 2am next-day shipping orders to Amazon or last minute trips to Babies R Us.
- Green Sprouts Stay-dry Bibs: Kathleen is our little spit-up queen! She had acid reflux from day one, and we have gone through our fair share of outfit changes. There are lots of cute bibs out there (which makes absolutely no sense to me because bibs are meant to be spit up on, right??), but these bibs from Green Sprouts have spared many a smocked outfit from ruin. They are pretty basic in style and color, but they have three layers which really keeps the wetness from seeping into her clothes. Unfortunately for Kathleen, she is wearing one of these bibs in pretty much every photo to date.
- SwaddlePod and SwaddleSure Sleep Sacks: For those of us with little Houdini babies, the sleep sack is a game changer! The first day we brought Kathleen home from the hospital, I sent Brian out to Babies R Us to buy some sleep sacks because the ones we had were huge and she was constantly wiggling out of her swaddle. There are tons of different brands out there, but these are the two types that worked best for us from 0-3 months. Early on, the SwaddlePod was perfect for zipping up over the swaddle blanket so that our little escape artist couldn’t break out of her swaddle. Then when she got a little bigger, the SwaddleSure sacks with velcro kept her snug and tight all night long.
- Fisher-Price Bouncer: When Kathleen wasn’t sleeping in her basinet, she was in her bouncer. We received the bouncer as a shower gift off of our registry, and it is probably one of our most-used gifts! You may not realize it until you get the baby home, but you can’t hold her 24/7. You need places to put the baby around the house while you’re warming up bottles, scarfing down some leftovers, or just need a minute of peace and quiet. Kathleen loves napping in this thing. The vibrations and soft music or nature sounds put her right to sleep – wish they made these in adult sizes!!
- Formula Mixing Pitcher: Once Kathleen went to 100% formula, keeping up with the bottles was a bit tedious! Thankfully our night nurse recommended a formula mixing pitcher to mix up a batch of formula to fill a few bottles at a time. This thing is definitely a time saver, especially in the middle of the night when you’re half asleep and a little fuzzy on the scoop-to-water ratio. I try to mix up a day’s worth of bottles the night before and I’m all set for the next day.
- Glow in the Dark Pacifiers: Trying to find the paci in the dark of night when your baby is screaming bloody murder is no fun for anyone. These guys give off a subtle glow so that you can easily track them down in depths of the bassinet or crib to soothe your baby quickly. Kathleen solely uses the glow in the dark pacis so we have them all over the house!